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rough start farmgirl Posted - Nov 24 2012 : 11:56:01 PM
Hello!

This is the new home of the Over 50 Farmgirls. This thread originated on the Welcome Wagon Forum. Anyone over the age of 50 is welcome to join in. Feel free to read the older posts for some "history" or just jump in!
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levisgrammy Posted - May 05 2022 : 02:01:14 AM
Holly,
Those farm babies are so cute aren't they? Love seeing pictures of them.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
Tall Holly Posted - May 04 2022 : 5:50:35 PM
Our new calf. Her name is Millie and her happy mother is Josie.
I have not posted a picture in a long while so I hope this works.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - Apr 27 2022 : 08:20:04 AM
Marie, that is Prim! She also gobbles up anything on the counter, but I'm hoping she learns that she will not go hungry in our home. We have the fence back up and I painted it, getting sunburnt arms. The tick season started so I check each dog after our walks. The little buggers still get on me though. I'm no longer grossed out by it, just pick them off and wrap them in tape.
Poor mama cow! A neighbor down the road showed me his Dexter cow. She is a small, compact critter with short horns.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Apr 01 2022 : 08:02:50 AM
Good morning everyone,

The Hit man came and slaughtered the six pigs and the steer. So many less chores to do now. I do not need to worry about the pigs getting out of their pen or the steer crushing their pen as he climbed out.

The steer's mother is upset that her baby boy is not in the next stall any more. She is due to birth again the second week of May so she will not be alone for long. I am keeping her in for now so she does not go looking for him.

Last night at 2:40 AM our 24year old son called for a ride home. The people whom he was with were supposed to drive him home. They went off the road and he pushed them out of the ditch. The car took off without him. He walked to a different friend's house and called home. I went and picked him up. I told him that those people were not his friends.

I am tired.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
levisgrammy Posted - Mar 29 2022 : 4:38:49 PM
Oh I still deal with hot flashes. It's either freezing or burning up. Not as often as I used to though.
I remember the days of thinking I was going crazy too.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
churunga Posted - Mar 29 2022 : 3:11:15 PM
The apartment is so cold. I just don't get it -- either I am so hot I have to strip down to a tank top or, like now, I need to put on 2 sweaters.

Isn't Prim the dog that ate the cake that was on the counter? Sounds pretty mischievous. Good luck teaching her to behave.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Tall Holly Posted - Mar 29 2022 : 10:58:57 AM
Ah those deer certainly are a tease for young dogs. Luckily, over the years we have only had one that was a chaser who could not be discouraged. The one we have now is not a chaser of deer....just chickens.

How is everyone doing with the hot flashes and mood swings? the woman down the road is just starting the menopausal discomforts and thinks she is going crazy. I for one am finally only having hot flashes on occasion. Although when I am cold at night I know it is only a matter of time before I am overwhelmingly hot for a short while.

Cold here today. We had a dusting of snow over night. The ground is frozen so mud season is held at bay and the roads are passable but very bumpy for now.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 29 2022 : 04:45:29 AM

Prim is getting better. We haven't had any messes in the house lately. Our little dog (pictured) is still scared of her when she's bouncy. My Oskar is like a mentor and drill sergeant and keeps Prim in line. But yesterday she slipped out and chased the deer into the woods. I was worried she would wander too far. Luckily I was able to trail her down the road and with a bit of pepperoni I get her home.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Mar 28 2022 : 08:26:32 AM
Good morning,

The shawl is lovely.

Does your mom have advanced directives written? Those are very important so you know what she would like with her life and end of life care. Here it makes a huge difference if the person should die at home or continues to get sick at the rehab they know what she would like.

Ahh, a puppy they do bring moments of amusement. no boredom in your life.

It has been very warm and most of the snow is gone. Today is in the low 20s and very tiny flakes are falling to not much accumulation.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 26 2022 : 04:08:06 AM
Leanne, I hope the rehab center is a homey caring place. Sometimes it's better to have trained staff available to care for parents. My husband luckily is able to take his 90 year old mom to her appointments and refill her pill dispensers, but if it she had more serious conditions, I don't know if we could adequately care for her. And now we have a large puppy to train! We'd planned to go on a vacation but we don't want to saddle his siblings with the rowdy puppy.
At least you have a creative stress outlet!

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
beekeepersgirl Posted - Mar 25 2022 : 2:20:47 PM
It has been unusually warm here in northeast PA for the last couple of weeks. Now we are supposed to go back into the freezer this weekend with some snow. Typical March for around here.

Mom is out of the hospital and into a rehab center. She was filling up with fluid from her congestive heart failure. So far, they have her stabilized again. I am not sure if I am going to be able to bring her home and care for her here. It will depend on how much help I can get from home health agencies, etc.

I've been doing quite a bit of knitting to keep busy, and finished this shawl recently.

Can't wait for really nice weather and a chance to sit outdoors on the porch!

Hugs to you all - good to keep in touch.



beekeepersgirl #691

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 22 2022 : 4:48:54 PM
I'm glad you got the seeds. They keep coming back every year. I have to pull the bigger plants because they edge out smaller ones.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
churunga Posted - Mar 20 2022 : 6:28:17 PM
We've had some extremely warm days here also. Most of the snow is gone from the park and the football (soccer) teams are out on the field practicing. Because the soil is so tainted with arsenic next to the building I live in, I have been looking for ground in the park to plant the four o'clocks that my sister sent to me. The plant is very edible. The flower buds taste like lettuce and the roots have these potato-like tubers on them that, I am told, are delicious fried. The flowers are edible, and I don't eat them because of the gooey nectar in the bottom creeps me out.

I have purchased some containers to put in the back of the building to grow vegetables and herbs safely. The tainted beds will get all the flower seeds I have. I want to grow some vines up the side of the wall. It is a little funky in back because the alley behind the building is as high as the second story. The terrain is this way because of the park. I am looking forward to growing something I can actually eat this year.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 20 2022 : 5:53:58 PM
Sounds like a fun event, and you had a good attitude!

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Mar 20 2022 : 5:13:23 PM
Good evening,

We have had a string of unusually warm days for this month of the year. The dirt roads are melting and deep with mud.

Today our neighbors had their annual spring event. It is all outdoors with a potluck meal, a campfire and an egg hunt and an egg toss. It is a fun time.

I drove our tractor down to it. They live about two miles down the road. Since our son crashed our truck and we would not drive the Tesla through that mud I decided the tractor was better than the Subaru. As I approached a particularly deep appearing muddy section I noticed a car coming behind me. I pulled the tractor over to the side and watched as the car went into the muddy area, slowed and stopped. I did not know whether they were stuck or contemplating their next path through the ruts. They were stuck and happy to see me sitting there. They had a tow line so we did not need to use the chain I had brought in my bucket. I pulled them backwards out of the mud and they parked back a ways.

Other cars seeing their predicament chose to park behind. One brave driver who also lived on a dirt road chose to plow on through. They loaded their car with the more cautious low hung vehicle drivers and with a speedy start and no fear driving made it through to the other side.

I offered to give people a ride on the tractor. One little girl got in the bucket and smiled the whole way. She told me riding in the bucket was better than riding a camel like she had last summer.

I was watching the egg toss waiting my turn when a mother lobbed an egg to her young daughter. It went over the little girl's head and into my arms and broke. I was not worried because i was in my barn coat. The mother was very apologetic. I told her no worry dirty coat. A woman standing next to me said, I never wear anything that can't get dirty to these events. We had a good laugh.

Have a good night.





Holly
farmgirl #2499
Tall Holly Posted - Mar 12 2022 : 12:08:35 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

The snow storm that was supposed to start last night started this morning around 5:00. We now have a couple of inches of new snow on the ground. The snow is blowing sideways. The roads are not being plowed well. We are supposed to have well above freezing weather on Monday and the rest of the week so the road crews must want to save themselves some budget money. The state road crews especially. They do have many miles of road to plow and maybe they are tired of winter by now.

Our pigs have been escaping on a regular basis this past 10 days or so. I would leave them out but when they go down our half mile hill the neighbors get upset. The snow gets deeper and the fence gets shorter. The female pigs were all in heat for several days and that was part of the problem. It would have been good to have them in the freezer a couple of months ago but getting a slot at the butcher can be difficult. We also have a steer that is 14 months old who likes to jump the fence and eat their grain. The pig grain is almost $16 a bag which is significantly more expensive than last year when it was around $9 a bag so allowing the cow to eat it is not in the card. When the steer jumps out of the pig pen he crushes down the fencing and that is when the pigs escape. The hit man is scheduled to come on April 1 so a big worry will go away then.

Luanne, I am glad your life is settling down. I am sorry for your loss. How lonely you must be. I hope your mom is glad to be with you. Hugs,



Holly
farmgirl #2499
levisgrammy Posted - Mar 06 2022 : 3:04:14 PM
Luanne,
I remember about your mom's house. I'm sorry about the loss you've had. I am glad to see you back with us again!

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
churunga Posted - Mar 06 2022 : 08:32:31 AM
Oh dear Luanne! I am glad you came to be with us.

We just got 5 inches of snow overnight. I was at work and could see it blowing outside. None of the residents came down from their rooms to go out and smoke.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
beekeepersgirl Posted - Mar 06 2022 : 08:07:14 AM
Good morning ladies!
It has been a very long time since I have been able to read and post on the forums. Life has been insane the last few years. I don't know if any of you remember me after all this time.

Three years ago my mother's home in Vermont flooded from a broken water pipe on the 2nd floor while she was visiting me here in PA. I had to immediately move her here supposedly just until repairs were complete. Of course, COVID started, and it took almost two years for the repairs to be complete. Then Mom's health started to decline, and I have moved her in with me permanently now. I have been cleaning closets and purging to make room for all of Mom's stuff, and have a ton of old MJF magazines that I put on the barter page if anybody wants some.

Also, I had a wonderful man in my life for almost 14 years, and he was killed in a horrible accident about 18 months ago when a huge piece of machinery fell on him.

I now am trying to get my life back in order, and get back to some fun things like knitting, scrapbooking and of course chatting with all of you on MJF. I have really missed it. I look forward to reading up on what is going on with all of you!




beekeepersgirl #691

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

My blog: finallyafarmgirl.blogspot.com

Tall Holly Posted - Mar 06 2022 : 07:19:11 AM
Good morning everyone,

We sometimes have thunder snows. Just what it sounds like.

We are having rain today. Pouring right now and for an hour or so, May take away most of the snow. we have ha pack of 18 inches or so. This will shrink it and start mud season again. Mud season our fifth season of the year. The weather is erratic and the top 2 to 10 inches or the ground melt but the frost line has not risen so it stays mud for a while eating cars.



Holly
farmgirl #2499
churunga Posted - Mar 05 2022 : 4:36:06 PM
I just heard thunder. We may be getting snow which is really weird. I love listening to thunder.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
levisgrammy Posted - Mar 05 2022 : 3:50:58 PM
We had 73 degrees today. Spent some time at one of the local parks with the grandchildren. It was beautiful and warm and lots of people were out and about. Felt good to be in the sunshine!

My nephew is coming to visit for a week or so. Looking forward to some time with him.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
Audra Rose Posted - Mar 05 2022 : 10:26:35 AM
Today is so warm, almost 70, and windy. Time to hang laundry outside!
The wild animals are also on the move and driving on country roads can be a grim experience. I saw 6 roadkill from Brooksville to Augusta. Poor critters!

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
Tall Holly Posted - Mar 04 2022 : 1:34:38 PM
Good afternoon everyone,

A very lovely day here in the north country. The sky was a beautiful winter blue with hardly a cloud until mid afternoon. The solar panels are producing electricity at a satisfying rate. Temperatures were in the high 20's. The wind was light.

The steer jumped himself into the pig pen again today. Three days in a row. Lucky for me the pigs did not follow him out today like yesterday and the day before. As the snow gets deeper the fence gets shorter.

Tomorrow the temperature will be above freezing so the snow pack should shrink. Most of the days this next week the weather will be above freezing so I expect that mud season will set in. The top of the roads melt and the underneath is frozen makes for a nice mucky drive with ruts to through the car where ever they want to without regard for where it should really be headed. Many years ago the ruts put me over the side of the road. Lucky for me a neighbor with a chain came along and pulled me out.

Two years ago the town won a Building Better Roads grant and the road crew ditched all of the dirt roads in town. The water slid into the ditches and the road stayed firm for the most part.

there are so many hidden springs that come up through the ledges that the road crew is often perplexed. Several years ago on the other side of town after a rain storm in the spring a 20 foot deep crevice appeared. It took them several days to fill it. It makes life a little thrilling here in rural Vermont.

I planted seed today. Onions, leeks, catnip and thyme. The other seeds read that they should be planted closer to the last frost. Sometimes that is the first week of June. Sometimes much earlier. A crap shoot at best so why chance a rogue frost with delicate plants.

Have a good day.

Holly
farmgirl #2499
churunga Posted - Feb 07 2022 : 11:46:46 AM
I am so tired of this happening. I am also weary of the responses. I don't know how to feel about it any more.

Marie
Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.

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